NOVEMBER 10TH 2020

13.00 - 20.00

COPENHAGEN

SYMPOSIUM

PHYSICAL LITERACY, PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

& POPULATION HEALTH

PHYSICAL LITERACY, PHYSICAL ACTIVITY & POPULATION HEALTH

The burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) is a massive and rising problem within public health. Across the life span, there is clear evidence of the health benefits of physical activity (PA), which are also understood as important when battling NCDs. Viewing the NCD epidemic and PA as part of the solution through a life-course perspective, collectively points to the importance of making sustainable behavioral changes early with children. In addition, in particularly in regard to the increasing obesity among children globally. However, the perspective also sheds light on why it is important to identify factors that facilitate individuals staying active throughout their entire lifespan through childhood into adulthood. Ample empirical evidence supports that extrinsic motives for participating in PAs, such as increasing health, are insufficient when long-term participation is the goal. This means that public health interventions should not blindly target the factors and behaviors that are crucial for adult health, such as PA, but move towards intervening on the causes of the causes. 

 

Thus, the overall objective for this symposium are to present and discus how Physical literacy (PL) has the potential of being a cause of the causes. The symposium argue that PL should be a target for prevention and health promotion research and interventions, in particular with children (and maybe parents). Looking across the life span, investment in developing PL in childhood is important for later PA behavior. A key consideration for policymakers may be to ensure possibilities for the development of future Motor Competencies (MC), for youth that are broad and diverse. However, such possibilities are often challenged by parents and societies desire for early specialization in sport and exercise habits. At the symposium, it will be discussed how adopting a life course perspective leads to a solution of investing in children, and how investing in children’s PL is a far better investment compared to investing in an immediate increase in children’s PA. It will be discussed how PL can be a target for prevention and health promotion interventions, and how such interventions holds broad and sustainable potentials for life-long participation in health-enhancing PA. Finally, what consequences for future research and intervention development this has

 

PROGRAM

WELCOME & INTRODUCTION

by PL-Net and Dr. Peter Bentsen , Director and Affiliated Professor, Center for Clinical Research and Prevention, Bispebjerg and Frederiksberg Hospital

KEYNOTE TITLE

Mark Hanson, Professor at University of Southampton

(30 min presentation + Q&A)

KEYNOTE TITLE

Mark Tremblay, Professor and Director of Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research, University of Ottawa, Canada

(30 min presentation + Q&A)

COFFEE BREAK & NETWORKING

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IN PLENUM

KEYNOTE TITLE

John Cairney, Professor at Queensland University, Canada

(30 min presentation + Q&A)

Fun and entertaining physical activity in plenum initiated by DGI/Danish School Sports

ORAL SESSION

Emerging physical literacy research, applied projects and theoretical debates

COFFEE BREAK & NETWORKING

ORAL SESSION

Emerging physical literacy research, applied projects and theoretical debates

SOCIAL DINNING

KEYNOTE TITLE

Dean Kriellars, University of Manitoba

(30 min presentation + Q&A)

FUTURE PERSPECTIVES OF PL

Mogens Kirkeby, ISCA President , International Sports and Culture Association

CLOSING & CONCLUSION

by Dr. Peter Bentsen

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REGISTER

To register  

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

MARK HANSON

Professor Mark Hanson is British Heart Foundation Professor of Cardiovascular Science within the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Southampton.

Dr. Hanson is one of the UK’s leading researchers on developmental pathways to disease. He has served on a range of committees in government, charitable and NGOs focusing on the importance of adopting lifecourse perspective to new ways of reducing the burden of non-communicable disease globally.

Mark has published more than 250 original papers, 129 reviews and 14 books. His research concerns several aspects of development and health, ranging from how the environment before and after birth affects the risk of chronic disease – such as cardiovascular and chronic lung disease, diabetes and obesity – to population studies aimed at the early identification of risk, so that timely preventative interventions can be made. The group are exploring the epigenetic processes which relate to such risks, and which may serve as valuable early life biomarkers

Mark Tremblay

Professor Tremblay is the Director of Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research (HALO) at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute and Professor of Pediatrics in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa, where he is also cross-appointed to the School of Human Kinetics, the Department of Epidemiology and Community Medicine and the PhD Program in Population Health.

 

He is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, Chief Scientific Officer of Active Healthy Kids Canada, Chair of the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines Project and Founder of the Sedentary Behaviour Research Network.

 

Professor Tremblay has published more than 200 papers and book chapters in the areas of childhood obesity, physical activity measurement, exercise physiology, sedentary physiology and health surveillance. 

Professor Tremblay has received an honorary doctorate and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his leadership contributions to healthy active living in Canada.

John

Cairney

Professor John Cairney is the Head of School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences.

 

He is an academic leader in the field of paediatric exercise medicine and child health research and is particularly well-known for his work on developmental coordination disorder (DCD) and its impact on the health and well-being of children.

He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Departments of Public Health Sciences and Psychiatry at the University of Toronto and Department of Family Medicine at McMaster University and a core scientist with the Offord Centre for Child Studies, CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research at McMaster University, and the independent Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences.

Dean Kriellars

Dr. Kriellaars is a faculty member of the College of Rehabilitation Sciences, Department of Physical Therapy of the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences at the University Manitoba in Canada. He is a member of the Spinal Cord Research Centre and a scientist of the Children’s Health Research Institute.

He is the recipient of numerous awards for building community wellness through service to community, as well as major awards for teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level. He was named as the co-chair of the Premiers Council on Health Living for the province of Manitoba.

 

He is the original designer or contributor for many tools for assessing physical literacy and his Human Performance Laboratory has numerous students and staff directed to undertaking research on physical literacy.

 

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